District 5 Smart Roads

CV & AV Program / ATCMD

District Secretary Michael Shannon
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District Five ATCMTD Grant





    The Central Florida region just received an $11.9 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to advance several Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) technologies aimed at improving safety and easing congestion. This grant continues to build on the investments made throughout the region using TSM&O technology and strategies to improve the overall transportation network and ensure the continued economic vitality of the area. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) applied for the grant in collaboration with MetroPlan Orlando and UCF. The funds came from the FHWA Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant program, which funds cutting-edge technologies that are ready to be deployed to enhance existing traffic capacity for commuters and businesses. The program was established under the Federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Central Florida's Connecting the East Orlando Communities (CEOC) project received the largest grant award from the program to date and was the only recipient in Florida. This project is scheduled for approximately five years. Combining the $11.9 million grant with local investments, CEOC is a $65 million project comprised of three interrelated programs that connect through an ongoing FDOT initiative, SunStore.  Those three programs are:  PedSafe, GreenWay, and SmartCommunity.

    PedSafePedSafe is an innovative pedestrian and bicycle collision avoidance system being designed by FDOT. Drivers will be alerted when a pedestrian or cyclist is in the area.  Also, traffic signals will be designed to become aware of pedestrians crossing the road.


    PedSafeGreenWay is designed to better utilize the multimodal transportation system by actively managing over 1,000 traffic signals within the region. This will make travel times more consistent and help reduce congestion.


    PedSafeSmartCommunity is an integrated program that connects people to the places they need to go and provides them with the services they need to receive. This includes travel time information for driving, riding the bus, taking the train, or using rideshare and/or car share.


    PedSafeSunStore is FDOT’s central data storage for all the transportation system management and operations information. SunStore includes Master Data Management, Data Fusion, and Sensor Fusion for increased data quality. It will be used to make the information widely available to universities, research institutions, and businesses to encourage innovation.


    Collaboration / Partners



    As with all of the regional TSM&O deployments, collaboration between partners have been critical to the overall success of these efforts. The following are some of the partnering agencies for this grant, in addition to our County and City partners:

    PedSafeFDOT serves as project manager and coordinates between state and federal governments. FDOT also ensures the project is scaled appropriately for other locations and applications. The Department will contribute software, development, operations, and data management expertise.

    PedSafeMetroPlan Orlando ensures the projects meet their intended purposes and facilitates collaboration among agencies and local governments. MetroPlan Orlando covers 22 cities and towns in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties. Central to MetroPlan Orlando’s role in the region is promoting scalability, prioritization, and performance monitoring.

    PedSafeUCF uses its research capabilities and existing Future City initiative to advance the project, while leading data collection and analysis efforts. The initiative is unique due to its interdisciplinary composition, strong team or reputed experts, access to rapid economic and population growth, and nexus of world-class simulation, space technology and tourism industries co-located in the Central Florida region.

    FDOT’s success with major projects has been based on strong collaboration and cooperation with counties, municipalities and other transportation agencies. In this spirit, 28 local governments and regional agencies have approved resolutions in support on the grant. This reflects our regions commitment to work together with implementing grant-related activities and deployments.


    Economic Impact



    The project will produce a variety of economic benefits by improving safety, reducing delays, improving system performance and throughput, and providing for the efficient and reliable movement of people, goods, and services.

    FDOT, MetroPlan Orlando, UCF and our County and City partners have all made significant investments to not only improve safety and ease congestion, but also to provide economic growth to the region over the past decades. This $11.9 million grant will be matched by $53 million in non-federal funds or in-kind assets. In addition, the regional partners have a long history of providing operations and maintenance of TSM&O technology, having dedicated millions of dollars of resources. Finally, FDOT has programmed $47 million over the next five years (the limit of the work program) for the operations and maintenance of the program, thus continuing to demonstrate the region’s commitment to the overall success of the transportation system into the future.

    For the first year of the grant, UCF is investing about $700K in salaries and about $1 million in startup funds. The salary investment is recurrent. This is a total of six faculty members dedicated full-time to their Future City Initiative with the support from other relevant faculty. The University’s initiative consists of a group of researchers who have the vision to synergistically explore the wide-ranging technological advances in the service of urban residents.

    A reduction in the number and severity of traffic crashes will also reduce the closure times for major arterial roadways allowing for an efficient corridor.









    This grant deployment lasts approximately five years. There are four tasks for every project component on the grant. Planning, Design, Build/Deploy, and Operations & Maintenance. The project also includes several project evaluations as well as research & optimization. As stated earlier, this grant includes four major elements: PedSafe, Greenway, SmartCommunity and SunStore.  The Program was broken into several components allowing for smaller, faster deployments and concurrent development and construction.



    GreenWay will use sensors and new traffic signal technology to help the transportation system quickly adapt to real-time traffic conditions. This is expected to make travel times more consistent and help reduce congestion. The project will connect Advance Sensor Technology, Conditional Transit Signal Priority, Adaptive Deployment Traffic Signal Interface with Track Positive Train Control (SunRail), Smart Parking Technology with Signal Performance Metrics, expand Integrated Corridor Management, and Signal Control Analytics and Visualization.



    Development began in the 3rd Quarter of 2016 and will continue until the 4th quarter of 2018

    Deployment will begin  – 2018 Q2 through 2019 Q4

    Operations & Maintenance – 2020 Q1 through 2021 Q4




    PedSafe will connect advanced signal controller capability, use Connected Vehicle technologies, and existing communication capabilities to reduce the occurrence of pedestrian and bicycle crashes. The application will be easily transferable throughout the country. This system will also be tested in the Pine Hills, a community that has faced significant challenges with pedestrian safety. 



    Planning – 2016 Q3 through 2018 Q1

    Design – 2017 Q4 through 2018 Q2

    Build/Deploy – 2018 Q3 through 2019 Q4

    Operations & Maintenance – 2020 Q1 through 2021 Q4




    Through a Mobility on Demand framework, SmartCommunity leverages existing ridesharing and car sharing products to offer residents access to cars when required. SmartCommunity will allow travelers in the same area to share information and coordinate trips to destinations such as employment centers, education facilities, the grocery store, and medical treatment centers. SmartCommunity will have a benefit for low income and underserved populations in the area and help connect the community to the region



    Planning – 2017 Q2 through 2018 Q1

    Design – 2018 Q1 through 2018 Q3

    Build/Deploy – 2018 Q4 through 2019 Q4

    Operations & Maintenance – 2020 Q1 through 2021 Q4




    Having a wide range of technology out on the roads means there will be an endless stream of data to manage. SunStore will connect and integrate many data sources, so FDOT can make the information available to universities, research institution, and businesses to encourage innovation.


    Planning – 2016 Q3 through 2017 Q2

    Design – 2016 Q3 through 2017 Q4

    Build/Deploy – 2017 Q1 through 2018 Q4

    Maintenance & Enhancement – 2019 Q1 through 2021 Project Reporting



    Project Evaluation – Before Study: 2019 Q1 through 2019 Q2; After Study/Summary: 2020 Q1 through 2020 Q4 (Annual Review for 2 years following the 5-year window)

    Research & Optimization – 2018 Q1 through 2021 Q4


    What's Next



    This project sets the stage for implementation in the City of Orlando, throughout Central Florida, and around the country. This deployment can tie into Sunrail, LYNX, Juice, Uber, and Lyft for modal choice; autonomous shuttles in downtown; and existing city efforts in parking management. Ultimately, this deployment will continue to build on decades of vision and preparation.




    Additional ATCMTD Resources

    Submission Record

    Volume 1 Technical Application


    Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Program Resources



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